I guess some of you will by now have heard of the proposed “Snow Road”, which has been identified as starting in Blairgowrie and finishing in Grantown-on-Spey, some 90 miles in length.
This idea came through the Cairngorms Business Partnership who is spearheading the project. It has been discussed at a meeting held at Glenshee Ski Centre last year at which Blairgowrie & East Perthshire Tourist Association (BEPTA), Glenshee & Strathardle Tourist Association (GSTA) and Cairngorm National Park (CNP) members and Officers attended. The actual presentation was done by Pete Crane an Officer from CNP.
BEPTA believe this project to be a very exciting one and it could compare somewhat to the North Coast 500, which is proving to be a driving attraction. The route takes in Braemar, Balmoral, Ballater, Corgaff, The Lecht and Tomintoul, which as you can see takes in Britain’s highest road, which is an attraction itself.
There will be art installations built into the route at strategic and scenic positions, you may have seen the one already installed at the layby just north of the old Devil’s Elbow. A smart phone app is being developed to help drivers / explorers plan their journey. It is hoped that many more installations will be in place during Easter.
This route, we would say is not just for drivers though as the A93 is becoming quite popular as a cycling challenge. We have already over the past year witnessed individual cyclists to groups leaving Blairgowrie and heading north on the undulating road, with the thoughts of the long pull up to Glenshee Ski Centre and then the thrilling descent towards Braemar.
So, this is another reason to come to Blairgowrie, visit our lovely town and then travel through some stunning countryside, which also holds the 64 mile circular Cateran Trail, so you could also say that you are travelling through Cateran Country.